Your Hwy. 400 commute about to improve
$41.5M committed from feds, Queen's Park
HWY 400 ANNOUNCEMENTBrea Bartholet
One of the busiest sections of road in Canada is about to receive major improvements to make your daily commute better, it was announced Friday morning.
Not only is Hwy. 400 one of the main gateways into Bradford West Gwillimbury, it is also a main means of travel for many commuters, cottagers and students travelling north or south of our community.
The announcement was made at the Bradford Leisure Centre regarding upcoming plans and costs for road, bridge and median developments scheduled to begin in the near future.
The main focus is to improve commuter safety and reduce travel times.
“The fact is, three-quarters of our residents in Bradford commute using this important roadway. To be sure, we need the 400 to continuously be used for work and living and for people to use it as a way to get to their jobs here in our community, as well. We want this to be an economic destination,” MP Peter Van Loan said.
Through the major infrastructure component of the Building Canada Fund, Ottawa and Queen’s Park have each set aside about $41.5 million to improve up to 26 kilometres of the highway from just north of Canal Road to Innisfil Beach Road.
In addition to that funding, the provincial-territorial base fund through Canada and Ontario will provide up to $26 million in joint funding, including the replacement of the Crown Hill overpass, a new interchange at Hwy. 400 and Line 5 in Bradford and the widening of Line 5 from two lanes to four.
Both Simcoe County and the Town of Bradford will be contributing funds toward the interchange costs, according to Mayor White.
“The fact is, three-quarters of our residents in Bradford commute using this important roadway. To be sure, we need the 400 to continuously be used for work and living and for people to use it as a way to get to their jobs here in our community, as well. We want this to be an economic destination,” he said.
As BWG continues its rapid growth, the need for an interchange at Line 5 has become highly anticipated. MP Van Loan identified Hwy. 400’s importance not only to Bradford, but surrounding communities.
“This is the second longest freeway in the province and carries thousands of travellers each day. There are going to be some very significant changes made which include the Line 5 interchange for Bradford. Job creation and economic growth are No. 1 to us,” he said.
Ms Munro said she is very in touch with residents who live a “seven to seven” life and hopes to see a significant decrease in commute times. During one of the more heartfelt moments of the announcement, Mayor Baguley approached the podium to congratulate “my friend and neighbour.”
In total, through the Provincial-Territorial Base Fun, $175 million is being provided to 44 initiatives from the federal government in hopes of building on Ontario’s infrastructure.
Dignitaries present at the announcement included Government House Leader and MP for York-Simcoe Peter Van Loan, the Ontario Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation Glen Murray, Warden of Simcoe County Cal Patterson, York-Simcoe MPP Julia Munro, Innisfil Mayor Barb Baguley and Bradford Mayor Doug White.
For more information, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure web site, www.placestogrow.ca.